Friday, November 23, 2012

Open Access in Europe

Greetings from the Australian National University in Canberra, where Bernard Rentier, Rector, University of Liege, Belgium, is speaking on "Open Access to Scholarly Publications: A European Perspective". He pointed out that open access was opposed by most publishers as it conflicted with their business model, whereas it fitted the university's business model. Within universities the researchers who create publications do not pay for them, the library does.

Professor Rentier suggested the Liege Model could be adopted more widely. The university started creating a repository and a policy requiring authors to deposit their publications with it. He pointed out that it is difficult to get academics to comply with such a policy, but it was possible. One way is to incorporate this in the requirements for research grants: the researcher is required to agree to deposit their publication in the repository or they do not get a grant.

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